Louisiana Governor Declares State Of Emergency
The declaration issued by the governor’s office in the capital city of Baton Rouge empowers officials here to deploy state resources and seek federal assistance for the “predicted impact of oil along the Louisiana coast.”
Jindal noted that US weather officials predict that the oil slick is likely to reach parts of the Louisiana coastline Thursday.
“At this time, the Pass a L’Outre Wildlife Management Area is expected to see the first impact of the oil spill,” said Jindal’s emergency declaration, which lasts for one month, through May 29.
The governor’s pronouncement listed at least 10 wildlife refuges in Louisiana and Mississippi that are in the direct path of the oil plume and that are likely to be impacted, adding that “billions of dollars in ongoing coastal restoration projects may be at risk because of this emergency.”
A massive deployment of resources and manpower so far “has not slowed the diffusion of the oil, which has reached over a 600-square mile (1,500 square kilometer) area and is about 16 miles (25 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast as of Thursday, April 29, 2010,” Jindal’s declaration said.
The Republican governor ordered state agencies to continue to monitor and respond to the leak, noting that “weather and environmental conditions are quickening the spread of the oil.”